Stephen Drew
Yankees' Stephen Drew starts to emerge from slump
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY
News: Yankees infielder Stephen Drew went three for three on Friday, which is a significant bright spot in what's been a tough spring. 

Prior to Friday's game, Drew only had six hits all spring. The 3-for-3 game boosted his average from .167 to .231. 

"He's swung the bat better the last two weeks," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, per's Bryan Hoch. "The one thing you want is you want a lineup that there's pressure on the pitcher of the opposing team the entire time, and I feel that we have that type of lineup that we can do that, where so much pressure doesn't fall on a couple of guys."


Delino DeShields
Report: Delino DeShields closing in on breaking camp with Rangers
Delino DeShields, 2B, TEX
News: Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is nearing a spot on the Opening Day roster, according to the Dallas Morning News. Manager Jeff Banister wouldn't confirm DeShields would break camp with the club, but did reveal that he envisions him as a late-inning speed weapon.

"He has a skill set that can help you win games," Banister said. "If he makes this club and stays with this club, he adds value in winning situations.

"Given the construction of the core guys on our roster, he's unique" Banister said. "I'd hate for us to have a double late in the game and not be able to score from first on the play. I think he has the potential to be a contributor, but there is a ways to go to finalize the roster."

DeShields would be sent back to the Astros if he is not on the Rangers' opening day roster.


Ben Zobrist
A's Zobrist to start in RF, Sogard at 2B with Reddick sidelined
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK
News: With Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick likely to miss the start of the season due to an oblique injury, manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Ben Zobrist would start in right field and Eric Sogard would start at second base.

Melvin added, however, Reddick might be ready to play during the team's season-opening, seven-game homestand from April 6-12.


Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop returns to lineup after dental work
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
News: As expected, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (dental) returned to the starting lineup for Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, according to the Baltimore Sun. Schoop missed Thursday's game after he had one wisdom tooth removed and another tooth in front of it on Wednesday. He is hitting .243 (9 for 37) this spring.

Jason Kipnis
Francona on Jason Kipnis' return: 'That'll really be a big boost for us'
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
News: Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters he was impressed with second baseman Jason Kipnis' performance in his first Cactus League game since March 17, per Kipnis, who returned from back spasms, played five innings and finished 1 for 3 in a 13-2 defeat to Cincinnati.

"Well, he played yesterday (in the minors). He looks good," Francona said. "He's looked good swinging a bat. His ability, when he's healthy, he can impact a game so many ways. You saw he's athletic at second, he can steal a base, swing the bat. We're excited to watch him play healthy. That'll really be a big boost for us."


Maicer Izturis
Gibbons: Saunders, Izturis to open season on disabled list
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR
News: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) and infielder Maicer Izturis (groin) will open the 2015 season on the disabled list, per

Saunders is expected to start in left field when healthy, while Izturis will likely be a backup infielder.


Rickie Weeks
Mariners experimenting with Rickie Weeks in leadoff spot
Rickie Weeks, 2B, SEA
News: Mariners outfielder Rickie Weeks is leading off for the team Wednesday, with regular leadoff man Austin Jackson sliding to the No. 2 spot, and manager Lloyd McClendon could use Weeks atop the lineup at times this season, reports.

"I like Rickie as a leadoff hitter, too," McClendon said Wednesday. "Austin led off yesterday, Rickie is leading off today. I’m just playing with things. That’s all."

McClendon indicated that both players have different strengths that could be a fit atop the lineup.

"Every player is different. They all have their strengths and weaknesses," McClendon said. "Rickie has close to 3,000 at-bats in the leadoff spot and 100 home runs. There’s a lot to like about him there. Austin is a speed guy that hits a lot of triples and doubles. They both bring a lot to the table."

Weeks is expected to split time in left field with Dustin Ackley this season.


Steve Tolleson
Devon Travis expected to win starting second base job for Blue Jays
Steve Tolleson, 2B, TOR
News: While the Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement, Devon Travis will win the starting job at second base over Ryan Goins and Steve Tolleson, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Travis, who was acquired in a November trade with Detroit, is doing well offensively this spring. He is batting .400 (16 for 40) with six doubles, six RBI, three walks, four runs and five strikeouts in 16 spring games.

He is considered Toronto's fifth-best prospect by Baseball America. Travis has a career .323/.388/.487/.876 slash line over three seasons in the minors.


Leury Garcia
Leury Garcia among seven players cut by White Sox
Leury Garcia, 2B, CHW
News: The White Sox announced seven cuts on Tuesday, per ESPN. The club optioned Leury Garcia, Onelki Garcia and Andy Wilkins to Triple-A Charlotte. Frankie Montas was optioned to Double-A Birmingham, and Logan Kensing, Nolan Sanburn and Joe Savery were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Brian Dozier
Twins lock up Brian Dozier to a four-year $20 million extension
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
News: The Twins have signed second baseman Brian Dozier to a four-year contract, buying his arbitration years, the team announced on Tuesday. According to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, he will make $20 million over four years. Dozier will receive $15 million in the final two years of his deal, which includes no options, per

"This is a good day for the Twins and a good day for Brian," general manager Terry Ryan, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We like to reward players that have come through our system. We anticipate he's in the prime of his career, and suspect it's going to spike, some of numbers he has put up."

Dozier, an eighth round pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2009, is set to open the season at second base after hitting .242/.345/.416 with a team-high 23 home runs, 33 doubles, 71 RBI, 89 walks and 21 stolen bases in 598 at-bats last season. The 27-year-old has a career .241 batting average and 47 home runs over three MLB seasons.


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